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By David LaRocca

ISBN-10: 1611688280

ISBN-13: 9781611688283

This thought-provoking assortment gathers a roster of pro Emerson students to deal with anew the best way non-American writers and texts motivated Emerson, whereas additionally discussing the style within which Emerson’s writings stimulated a various array of non-American authors. This quantity comprises new, unique, and interesting study on the most important subject matters that experience for the main half been absent from fresh serious literature. whereas the motivations for this venture can be regular to students of literary reviews and the heritage of philosophy, its issues, issues, and texts are quite novel. an influence to Translate the area offers a touchstone for a brand new new release of students attempting to orient themselves to Emerson’s ongoing relevance to international literature and philosophy.

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If more examples of truncation and ellipsis are needed, they can be readily adduced: for instance, Emerson’s significance for the literature and philosophy of Latin America is still largely neglected (except for the renowned work of José Martí)—even though some of the first Spanish translations of Emerson’s work appeared in Mexico and Argen- [ 24 ] A Power to T r a nsl ate the World tina. Walt Whitman has been already studied in that context, but nothing (or next to nothing) has been said about how important Emerson was for the nationalist political and literary movements of nineteenth-century Latin America through the Spanish translation of his works.

Norton, 2006), xiv. 9. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Ethics of Identity (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007), chap. 6 passim. 10. Johannes Voelz, “Utopias of Transnationalism and the Neoliberal State,” in Fluck, Pease, and Rowe, Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies, 357, 370, 357. Subsequent references to this work will be cited parenthetically in the text by page number. 11. Voelz continues, parenthetically: “(characterized by the whole gamut of the rise of the transnational corporation, the emergence of global governance regimes, and the structural reorganization of the nation-state by such measures as deregulation, the concentration of power in the executive branch, the outsourcing of executive functions, and the limiting of citizenship rights)” (356).

Not only do we live in an era of unprecedented globalization in which frontiers—physical and ideological—have proved questionable, if not occasionally pernicious; nowadays, it is also an imperative that we explore authors and their works as belonging to a general network (transatlantic, transpacific, transhemispheric) that makes national insularity untenable. The recent developments, not only in literary studies but also in sociological theory and even politics, force us (willingly or not) to look at contextual conditions more than we have done thus far, and with a more comprehensive, ecumenical vision.

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